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Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Bradford parents can apply now for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare
Parents in Bradford have the opportunity to apply early to get up to £2,000 per child, per year, through the government's new offer for working parents: Tax-Free Childcare. Working parents of 3 and 4 year olds can also apply early for 30 hours free childcare, to secure their 30 hours place starting in September 2017.
Visit the website page HERE for more information and to express your interest

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?
Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what's on offer.
Use the Childcare Calculator at
www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.
As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours - two new offers that are coming in 2017.
To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at
www.childcarechoices.gov.uk


For information on Childminders or help with paying for Childcare contact Bradford Families Information Helpline on 01274 437503

The different forms of childcare are described below:

 
Approved Childcarers

Approved Childcarers
  • Offers childcare in the child's own home
  • Can be a particular benefit for parents who work unconventional hours, and for children with additional needs
  • Parents may benefit from tax credits
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Childminders
  • Are self employed and provide care for between one and six children under 8 years old, in the childminder's own home
  • May care for additional children aged between 8 and 15 years old
  • May drop and pick up children from school or playgroup, and can provide flexible opening times for overnight and weekend care
  • Accredited childminders can offer Nursery Education Funded places
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Crèche
  • Provide short term on site care, often based in shopping centres, sport or learning facilities
  • Children are cared for while parents attend specific training, sport or leisure facilities
  • Most provide care for children aged 0-8 years
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Day Nurseries
  • Are private providers offering care for children from 0-5 years
  • Children are cared for in age groups, and take part in a wide range of group activities
  • Have fixed opening times, and most are open all year round, excluding weekends
  • Accredited nurseries are eligible for Nursery Education Funding
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Maintained Nursery Settings
  • Are based on school sites
  • Offer teacher supported learning though play, based around the Foundation Stage (Birth to 3) Curriculum, for 3 and 4 year olds prior to their entry to school
  • Open during term time only
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Pre-Schools (Playgroups)
  • Provide sessional and wrap-around care, and learning through play for pre-school children
  • Offer an introduction to group play away from Parents or Carers
  • Some may offer Nursery Education Funded places
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